Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to complement the unique physicality of his movement.
Following his choreographic debut, Fragments, in 2003, Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize in 2004 to create Cult, winning the Audience Choice Award. This was followed in 2006 by Uprising, a work for seven men that has since been staged on companies around the world.
In 2007 The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre commissioned Hofesh to create In your rooms, which earned him the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Choreography (Modern). In 2008, Hofesh formed Hofesh Shechter Company, which has rapidly established an international reputation. Sadler’s Wells subsequently commissioned him to create Uprising/In your rooms: The Choreographer’s Cut (2009), which was performed at London’s iconic Roundhouse. That same year Hofesh was commissioned by Brighton Festival to create The Art Of Not Looking Back for six female dancers.
His first full-length work Political Mother – commissioned by venues in Paris, Lyon, Rome, London and Barcelona – also had its premiere at Brighton Festival in 2010, and a year later he re-visited the work to create Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, which toured rock venues in Berlin, Montpellier, London, Paris and Hong Kong. Hofesh collaborated with Antony Gormley in 2012 to create Survivor for the Barbican Centre. His 2013 work Sun toured extensively after opening at Melbourne Festival. July 2015 saw the premiere of his trilogy, barbarians, at Berliner Festspiele. As part of #Hofest (2015), a 4 week season showcasing a range of Hofesh’s work across four iconic London venues, he premiered Gluck’s Orphée Et Eurydice, co-directed with John Fulljames, at the Royal Opera House. Grand Finale is the latest full-length work in his canon, premiering at La Villette with Théâtre de la Ville in Paris on June 14th, 2017.
He has also worked as a choreographer in theatre, television and opera notably at The Royal Court Theatre for Motortown by Simon Stephens (2006), The Arsonists (2007), and for the National Theatre’s award winning production of Saint Joan (2007). In television Hofesh choreographed the hit dance sequence Maxxie’s Dance for the opening of the second series of Channel 4’s popular drama Skins. In 2013 Hofesh created the choreography for Nico Mulhy’s opera Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He premiered a new work Untouchable (2015) for the Royal Ballet, at the Royal Opera House performed to a score co-composed by Hofesh and long-time collaborator, Nell Catchpole.
He choreographed Bartlett Sher’s new version of Fiddler On The Roof (2015) on Broadway and he was nominated for a Tony Award. His creation, Clowns, for Nederlands Dans Theater premiered in April 2016 and will be performed as part of a double bill programme by his young company, Shechter II, throughout 2018.
Hofesh Shechter was Guest Director of Brighton Festival in 2014 and is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Hofesh Shechter Company are a Resident Company at Brighton Dome.
His first creation for Aterballetto, entitled Wolf, with premiere within the NID Platform 2017, in Gorizia.